When hunting backfires

WhosthebossA while back I came up on a hawk who appeared to have caught something.  Then suddenly there was a blur, some thrashing, and here’s what I saw when I got to it.  In wrestling, we would call that a reversal.  Who’s the boss now? I decided to break it up for the good of the hawk.  Both of those guys help keep the rodent population down and the snake couldn’t eat the hawk.  It seemed a needless death to me.

This is just a re-visitation of a much older post someone recently asked me to find.  Click the photo for the link.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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2 Responses to When hunting backfires

  1. deryk says:

    Wow! what kinda snake takes down a hawk?

    • Paleotool says:

      It’s a coachwhip a.k.a. western racer. Very long, very fast, and aggressive. I heard from a reptile expert out in Arizona that this isn’t totally uncommon. The hawk lands on the snake for an easy meal and it whips itself around the neck. The hawk can’t reach to pull it off! Crazy, huh?

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